Israel's Soglowek Industries announced that it intends on bidding for the controlling interest in Agro Processors, the largest kosher meat manufacturer in the United States.
Agro Processors' turnover in 2008 came to $300 million, mostly derived from sales in the ultra-Orthodox market in the US. Nevertheless, the company has recently encountered some financial difficulties, and has gone into receivership, hence the sale.
So far, 12 companies have entered bids in the Agro Processors tender.
Soglowek has reportedly employed a special team in the US, performing financial due diligence on Agro Processors. The final offers for the company have to be handed in by March.
Should Soglowek be the one to win the tender, this would be a significant breakthrough into the US market for the Israeli company.
The move is being spearheaded by the company's CEO Eli Soglowek. "We are in the early, financial due diligence phase of the Agro Processors deal. We intend to pursue it along with a long-time US partner of the company, who will be providing some of the financial backing.
"Soglowek will soon be naming an official pointman for the project, who will be seeing it through… Should we win the bid, we intend on expanding the company's portfolio to go beyond the haredi market," he added.
Soglowek produces a wide range of meat products, frozen baked goods, meat substitutes and vegetarian products, with annual turnover around $175 million.